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SPOTLIGHT
SOUPS
by Andy Nelson
FALL RIVER, MASS.-BASED
BLOUNT FINE FOODS' soup
lineup includes more than 70
products for retail.
New this summer from Blount
is a Panera-branded Italian
wedding soup, said Bob Sewall,
the company's executive vice
president of sales and marketing.
The Italian wedding soup is
based on a traditional favorite,
with the twist that it's made
with ABF chicken instead of
traditional meats.
" It's a little healthier, "
Sewall said.
The product is set for a
nationwide release in mid-July.
After the shock of COVID,
hot soup programs are starting
to return to many top retailers'
prepared foods departments,
Sewall said.
Soup, unlike other hard-hit
perimeter categories, has some
advantages that have helped it.
" Numbers are back to precovid
levels, " Sewall said. " Soup,
as opposed to salad and hot bars,
is not as labor-intensive. I think
we'll see those come back over
time -some are gung ho, picking
up where they left off. It really
depends on customers and what
their plan is. "
Packaged soup sales,
meanwhile, were " through
the roof " for Blount during the
pandemic, Sewall said. And
some retailers who don't feel
comfortable going back to a full
hot soup program will switch to
more grab-and-go permanently,
he predicted.
When it comes to trends,
Blount is always working to keep
its soup product offerings as
increasingly diverse as the US is
becoming, Sewall said. In 2020
the company introduced some
new Asian soups and a Greek
lemon chicken soup, for example.
Plant-based is another trend the
company is tracking closely.
Help for soup makers from
Advanced Food Systems
by Sam Danley
Somerset, N.J.-based Advanced Food Systems offers several
systems for improving the texture, flavor and stability of soups.
The company offers Chef-Ready Stock Bases, a line of
powdered flavor systems that hydrate in water. They
are available in chicken, beef, vegetable, turkey, pork
and seafood varieties. Advanced Food Systems also
offers a line of Chef-Ready Soup Bases. The bases serve
as complete texture and flavor systems for finished soups
and are available in broccoli cheddar cheese, cream of
mushroom and creamy tomato basil flavors. Clean label and
low-sodium options also are available.
The company's Actoloid product line offers several options
for improving soup texture and stability. Actoloid 665
delivers a smooth consistency and high viscosity without
masking flavors, while Actoloid 2789 and Actoloid 2124
improve high-temperature emulsions and steam table
stability in cream-based and high-fat soups.
The Blount Fine
Foods soup lineup
for 2021 features old
favorites and new
additions.
Advanced Food Systems also offers salt replacers and salt
substitutes, cheese and butter flavor boosters, and a savory
flavor booster.
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